5 reasons why students choose Southampton
Students living in the coastal city of Southampton are known to have a high satisfaction rate, and, of course, access to two leading universities. As the University of Southampton says itself, “this place is for dreamers, believers and schemers”. But academics aside, why do students choose to study in Southampton?
1. It’s perfectly proportioned
Southampton isn’t the biggest place in the world, but it’s definitely not the smallest either, which is what makes it so perfectly proportioned. While it’s small enough to be able to bump into friends while walking around the city centre, it isn’t so small that there is nothing going on. I would say that this is the perfect type of location for students. If you’re living at Liberty Point, you’ll be a three-minute walk from Solent University. Easy peasy!
2. The Common and National Parks are so close
Sometimes, all you need in life is a beautiful place to chill out with your friends on sunny day like The Common. It covers 326 acres of land north of Southampton and is a great place to go to get away from the noise of the city for a few hours (plus, you can get some incredibly picturesque shots for your Instagram too, so what’s not to like?). Southampton is also right in between two National Parks – New Forest and South Downs – so it’s impossible to be bored with all of this wonderful scenery around you to explore.
3. It’s great for sailing and water sports
Southampton’s shores provide plenty of opportunities to take part in a variety of water sports, as do the societies at both universities. The University Watersports Centre offers a range of courses, from kayaking to yachting, as does the Southampton Water Activities Centre, which is just an 11-minute walk from Liberty Quays. Both centres will give you the chance to (sometimes literally) dip your toes in the water and try out a new sport. Many students also make the most of living on the coast in Southampton by heading to the Isle of Wight during Cowes Week, one of the biggest sailing events of the year in the South. Better get practising!
4. There’s something for everyone
Whether you’re spending your nights socialising in popular pub The Hobbit or checking out the latest art and theatre shows, there really is something for everyone in Southampton, which is what makes it such a great place for students to live. The Mayflower Theatre, which offers discounts for students, is just a 10-minute walk from Liberty Point. Current shows on offer are Shrek, Matilda and Wicked – take your pick!
5. Southampton has excellent transport links
Whether you’re travelling home for Christmas or during reading week, it’s vital to have good transport links. Southampton offers easy rail access to cities such as London, Brighton and Bournemouth. Both Liberty Quays and Liberty Point are 15 minutes from Southampton Central railway station, so if you’re staying at either, it’ll be easy go home for the weekend (if you can tear yourself away from the city)!
Are you even more convinced that Southampton is the city for you? We’re not surprised! Our two residences in Southampton are right in the city centre, perfect for exploring the coast and trying something different while you’re studying.
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